11 November 2010

Review of Bloodthirsty

Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
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Description:Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls. Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before--he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part. With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin--can get the girl.

Review: Bloodthirsty is unlike any book I've ever read. It's plot is pretty unique: A awkward teenage boy pretends to be a vampire in order to get girls. I mean, I was intrigued just when I saw the first cover, which I personally liked better. This book lives up to the hype. And I will definitely be reading more of Flynn Meaney!

Bloodthirsty revolves around Finbar Frame, a shy, pale, average guy who is allergic to the sun. Literately. In one scene when he goes to the beach, he breaks out in hives. He lives in a world that glamorizes vampires and other supernatural beings, aka our world. He lives in Manhattan with his popular brother, Luke, and his parents. He is going to public school for the first time, coming from a Mid- Western Catholic school, where he was the school punching bag. But he wants that to change.

So on the train one day, while on the train, Finbar gets nervous when a pretty girl sits down next to him. They she starts talking about this book she's reading, Nocturnal Terror, and then tells Finbar, "I know what you are."And then she says vampire. Finbar gets insulted and yells at her because the cover of her book depicts vampires as old, murderous, lunatics and he then he tries to storm off the train, but it isn't his stop.

He then overhears three girls talking about how much they loooove vampires. And they're all reading vampire books, with barely dressed women and creepy, pale men standing in the distance. One book sticks out to him, though. Bloodthirsty. As Finbar is examining the cover for Bloodthirsty, he realizes that the pale, brooding, man with bad posture on the cover looks like him! And he thinks, if a girl like that would like a vampire, why doesn't he just become one?

For the next three days, Finbar is vampire-crazed. He watches True Blood; he reads the House of Night books and Twilight; and finally, he reads Bloodthirsty.He starts to not eat in the public, and gets his vampire stare down to perfection. When he goes to school, he meets Jenny, who is the first girl to fall for his act. The quote below is how this whole mess starts.

I instantly liked this book because I fall for the awkward boy. Like the Michael Cera type guys. And that's who I pictures, Michael Cera walking around Manhattan with girls trailing behind him asking if he's really a vampire.

The characters in Bloodthirsty were hilarious, each in their own way. For instance, Luke and Finbar's mom, who is a germaphobe, thinks that Finbar is smoking pot when he starts to become a vampire. Luke is the popular jock who is making his own supernatural changes. Kate, who is Finbar's friend who doesn't believe his facade, is a Shakespeare loving, secretive girl who eats lunch with Finbar. 

Overall, Bloodthirsty is a book about growing up, and being yourself, which Finbar has a hard times understanding:D

"I should get inside," I told Jenny, adding offhand but clearly, "I don't do well in the sun. 
When I said that, Jenny looked super intrigued. Without even trying, I'd met the perfect target. Jenny followed me inside, almost tripping over herself to follow me." 
 - pg 76, Bloodthirsty

1 comment:

  1. Nice Blog! :D

    Bloodthirsty looks quite good after what you've written about it. :)

    -Hina :D